Chapter

Reasoning about our Experience

J. J. Valberg

in The Puzzle of Experience

Published in print November 1992 | ISBN: 9780198242918
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680625 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242918.003.0001
Reasoning about our Experience

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This chapter discusses the puzzle addressed in this book, namely the puzzle about the object of experience. The puzzle takes the form of conflict or antinomy. Roughly, there are two ways to reflect on our experience. We can reason about our experience, or we can open to it — that is, to how things are within our experience. If we follow a certain line of reasoning about our experience, we are led to the conclusion that the object of experience is not part of the world, and external object. However, if we are open to our experience, we get pulled first in one direction and then another. This, very simply, is the puzzle.

Keywords: puzzle; experience; conflict; antinomy

Chapter.  7611 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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